Located next to Burlington Coat Factory in the Tri City Center in Redlands is a marvelous restaurant called El Tepeyac (no relation to the popular restaurant by the same name in East LA). This small clean family owned and operated restaurant serves an amazing array of delicious dishes from Mexico including Yucatan with each dish being distinctively different from other Mexican restaurants. Owner/Chef Audomaro Lugo and his talented cooks really know how to stimulate one’s taste buds while the portions are large and the prices are oh so reasonable. If you enjoy fresh home style Mexican food with that is both unique and exciting; you must come to El Tepeyac!
The menu is fairly large but it did not detour me from ordering a bunch of terrific sounding dishes. My first dish was the Carne Asada Fries $7.99, a large bed of refried beans topped with crisp French fries and smothered with cheddar and jack cheese, lots of tender tasty pieces of cut up grilled carne asada, sour cream, fresh guacamole and chopped tomatoes. The entire dish was excellent and a fun dish to share.
Next came the #8 Combination Plate with a nice cheese enchilada, a crispy shredded beef taco and a large Chile Verde with a green chili sauce, rice and beans. All of the items were delicious and one of the better combination plates I have had in a long time.
One of the newest dish items on the menu are the Empanadas $7.99, fresh masa stuffed with various choices of filling like cheese, chicken, pork, shredded beef, and shaped in a half moon and deep fried. The four large Empanadas were really a taste and textural sensation with the cheese, shredded beef and pork being my favorites. The exterior had a nice semi crisp bite to it while the fillings were very tasty. Fresh guacamole and a tangy green chili sauce came with the Empanadas and complimented the turnovers quite well.
Impressed so far, I just had to order more dishes so the Wet Mole Burrito $7.99 was my next choice. This unique burrito consisted of a large roll stuffed with chicken and rice smothered with cheese and then drenched in a rich complex tasting brown mole sauce with sesame seeds and sliced onions on top. This burrito was sensational and one you really must order! I could have bathed myself in this sauce!
Another creative and one of a kind plate was the Tortas Ahogadas $7.00. This unusual dish featured a large soft Mexican roll stuffed with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, onions, avocado, jalapenos and a choice of meat topped with a huge amount of a delicious red chile sauce topping the Torta. The sauce soaked into the roll which resulted in a very delicious and messy dish but it was well worth all of the napkins I used.
Other items I tried and also enjoyed very much was their impressive zesty tangy Chile Verde Burrito $5.99 and their Special Fish Taco Plate $7.50, two double corn tortilla wrapped pan fried tilapia tacos with tartar sauce, shredded cabbage and pico de gallo and served with rice, beans and the most popular item on the menu which people come from all around for, the “Mother of all burritos”, the 18” El Tepeyac Burrito stuffed with rice, choice of meats and topped with a ton of melted cheese guacamole, sour cream and garnished with salad greens. At $19.95, this can easily feed 4 to 5 people and is an excellent burrito.
As you can tell from my review, I was very impressed with the food, service and prices and will definitely be coming back again to eat my was through the large menu. Happy Eating!
1458 Industrial Park Ave
Open Daily 10am to 8pm
Price Range: Rating: 4 ½
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